Project Learning Tree Workshop Registration (K-8) Registration Now Open Online

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning multi-disciplinary science-focused program designed for teachers and other educators working with youth from K-8. Through in-servicing opportunities, educators learn how to utilize the ninety-six multi-disciplinary activities within the award winning Guide to meet personal classroom goals. Each participant will receive a free copy of the guide ($20 value).

This training series will focus on English Language Arts and Math-focused science integrated lessons to help bring Common Core Standards and STEM applications to the existing curriculum. Each activity is filled with opportunities to build critical thinking skills, incorporate technology, and use differentiated instruction.

Hours of Earned Credit : 14 (includes 4 hours of credit for lesson implementation to be completed between workshop sessions)

Presenter: Marvin Warner

Please note: This is a 2 day workshop. You must attend both workshops to earn your credit for lesson development. The dates are October 21st and November 18th.  As a convenience, you can register for both dates with a single online registration HERE.

Cost: Free

Thanks and we hope to see you at the workshop!

New Administrator Academy Course: “What Every Administrator Should Know about Common Core Shifts”

This course will provide increased understanding of the Common Core State Standards and the instructional strategies for implementation. Participants will learn the 9 key shifts in English Language Arts and 3 key shifts in Mathematics. Participants will learn how to use kits developed by ISBE for professional development in their buildings. Participants will learn how to use the Equip Rubric for evaluating the quality of instructional products aligned to CCSS. Participants will learn and plan specific strategies to strengthen continuous school improvement efforts.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Illinois Heartland Library System
6725 Goshen Road
Edwardsville, IL

Click HERE for the course form.

Learning Unlimited Blog: No Tears for Tiers – The CCSS Tiered Vocabulary Made Simple

The Common Core State Standards place an importance on academic vocabulary. In addition to developing an advanced vocabulary, the CCSS calls for increasing the amount of nonfiction and informational text in classrooms. We know that vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. And, vocabulary plays an even more important role in understanding nonfiction and informational text. It has been estimated that 80% of comprehension in nonfiction is dependent upon understanding the vocabulary.

In Appendix A of the Standards, the framework of Tiered Vocabulary by Isabel Beck is summarized. To many educators, the idea of tiered vocabulary is rather new.


ISBE: Governor Quinn, Secretary White and State Superintendent Koch Encourage Students to Use Free Reading Tool During Summer Break

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White and State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch today encouraged all students across Illinois to access a free online tool designed to promote summer reading and keep students” brains active before school resumes in the fall. State leaders agree that summer vacation should not signal a break from learning for Illinois” 2 million students.

“By reading during summer months, students can build a strong bridge from one school year to the next,” Governor Quinn said. “This free online tool is a great way for children to spend time with their parents while sharpening reading skills and preparing for the year ahead.”

Read the rest of this article HERE.